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Escalation in Sheikh Jarrah could spark new military confrontation

Tension has returned to the flashpoint East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, which portends a renewed military confrontation between Palestinian factions and Israel.
Israeli policemen scuffle with Palestinian Jerusalemite activist Mohammed Abu al-Hummus during a protest in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem, Feb. 18, 2022.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Tensions that had sparked an 11-day conflict with Israel in the Gaza Strip in May 2021 recently returned to the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

The tensions escalated after far-right Knesset member Itamar Ben-Gvir set up a makeshift office in the neighborhood Feb. 13, in tandem with a notice of eviction against a Palestinian family living there.

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